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By Thomas Kren, Mark Evans, Janet Backhouse, Nancy Turner

Jean Bourdichon used to be the courtroom painter to 4 successive French kings together with Louis XII and his predecessor, Charles VIII. Bourdichon painted the Hours of Louis XII for the king of France round the time of Louis’s coronation in 1498. released at the party of an exhibition held on the J. Paul Getty Museum, October 18, 2005, to January eight, 2006, and on the Victoria and Albert Museum, February 2 to could 1, 2006, A Masterpiece Reconstructed reproduces the book’s 16 recognized miniatures including a range of alternative books illuminated through the artist, by way of his instructor Jean Fouquet, and through their contemporaries.

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While the iconography of the surviving miniatures in the Hours of Louis XII is not especially innovative, one miniature stands out: Bathsheba Bathing (PL. 18). The well-known moment depicted is related in 2 Samuel, 11:2-27, when King David, from his palace in Jerusalem, spies the beautiful Bathsheba, the wife of the Hittite Uriah, bathing below. David subsequently summoned her to his palace, committed adultery with her, and sent her husband into harm's way, resulting in his death on the battlefield.

Philadelphia, 2001), pp. 70-74, no. 16. 6. In testimony offered on July 19, 1513, Bourdichon gave his age as fifty-six (David MacGibbon, Jean Bourdichon: A Court Painter of the Fifteenth Century [Glasgow, 1933], pp. 52,150-51). 7. The documentation for much of this is cited by MacGibbon 1933, pp. 35-47. 8. "... richment et sumptueusement historie et enlumyne unesgrans heurespour nostre usaige et service ou il a mys et employe grant temps... (MacGibbon 1933, PP- 51? 144)- See also A. Steyert, "Jean Bourdichon.

I (1917), pp. 71-76, cat. 53. 33. Mark Evans, "Bourdichon's Nativity" National Art Collections Fund 2003 Review (London, 2004), p. 135. 34. " 35. The Hours of Anne of Brittany has forty-nine full-page miniatures plus twelve full historiated calendar borders along with several leaves with illuminated armorials and heraldry. In the tally of twenty-four full-page miniatures proposed here for the Hours of Louis XII, the two miniatures that would have made up the frontispiece diptych and The Annunciation are each counted as two rather than one.

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